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Candidate's remarks at council meeting leads to heated argument

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Britt (third from left) and sheriff candidate Russell Lynch got into a heated argument (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 18, 2016) Britt (third from left) and sheriff candidate Russell Lynch got into a heated argument (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 18, 2016)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

There were some tense moments between Spartanburg County Councilman and Russell Lynch, a candidate for sheriff, at Monday night’s county council meeting.

Lynch, who is running against Sheriff Chuck Wright in the November election, spoke about the sheriff’s office’s salary rates during the public comments section of the meeting.

He said deputies’ salaries are too low, which is causing high turnover and compromising public safety.

Lynch compared the situation of putting the public at risk to the attack on Benghazi in 2012, in which four Americans were killed in an attack on US government facilities in the Libyan city.

Councilman David Britt took offense to the comparison and a heated argument ensued.

"If you're afraid of me when I talk to you nice, you need to be talked to like this,” Britt told Lynch when the candidate spoke up amid the scolding.

“There's no need for you to talk to me the way you are right now Mr. Britt, in front of all these people,” Lynch shot back.

“Walk out that door if you don't like it,” Britt responded.

After the meeting, Britt said he had worked closely with Sheriff Chuck Wright and the sheriff’s office.

"I know what the Sheriff has done for the last 12 years,” Britt said. “I've worked very closely with him as have the other six council members over the last 12 years, every one of us and we take this very seriously because we take an oath to protect and preserve the citizens of Spartanburg County."

Lynch said he wanted to get his message across no matter what happens in the election. He said he gained some new supporters from the heated council session

“When I was standing at that door a while ago, before you walked up, three or four people walked by and said, you got my vote.  That (the situation is) unacceptable,” Lynch told FOX Carolina’s photojournalist after the meeting.
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